Dead whale shark sold for Rs1.7million

40-foot long fish was found dead by the Charai Fishery ten days ago.

Wasiq Muhammad/web Desk February 07, 2012

KARACHI: The 40-foot long whale shark, found dead by a pier in Karachi, was sold for Rs1.7million on Tuesday, reported Express News

Mehmood Khan, the owner of the Charai Fishery, said that the whale shark was spotted unconscious ten days ago, 150kms away from the fishery.

Two cranes were called in to fish the dead whale shark out of the water, which was approximately40 to 50-feet long and six-feet wide. Both cranes failed to pull out the fish and were sent back as at least three more cranes were required to carry out the task.

Later, more cranes, capable of lifting heavier weights, were called in, which successfully pulled the fish out after several hours of continued efforts.

The dead fish remained the focus of interest for the media and the curious onlookers during the whole process.

The fishermen of the area were earlier speculating that the fish was a Black Shark.


Cynical | 9 years ago | Reply

There is a beautifully written piece 'A shark of a tale' by Sami Shah based on this incident.You will find it in the opinion section of ET.

Babar F. | 9 years ago | Reply

You know! it could be the shark Gujrat(India) fishermen caught but released upon seeing the coast guards or that recent "mammal saving" Guru team there. Indian fishermen catch 150 to 200 of the whale shark(sell for a lakh) in the current mating season in south Indian warm waters where they come in great number to give birth.

Now that story by the fisherman that he found it unconscious near Pak-India Sea border make sense. You can see by the plump body of the fish and healthy condition it was there for purpose of mating and lost consciousness after being caught in the net for God knows how long, but sure was as good as dead when these fishermen found it.

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